Many of you will remember that last year we held the first ever Lion Guardian Games! We even made a reel of the highlights! Well it’s time to get excited! We are gearing up for the second Lion Guardian Games!!
As you may know we have Lion Guardians monitoring and conserving lions on three Group Ranches across the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem – Mbirikani , Eselenkei and Olgulului Group Ranches. These ranches combined are about 4,000km², and hold key habitats for the last remaining lions of southern Kenya. This Lion Guardian Games involve the coming together of all 30 Guardians from the three ranches, to meet and compete and celebrate their work together.
The Lion Guardians are all Maasai warriors, working in the own communities to monitor their lions and reduce any conflicts between the local people (and their livestock) and carnivores. The guys work extremely hard 6 days a week, and thanks to YOUR donations they are getting their wages paid, and tracking equipment, GPS units and supplies bought for their work
The Games involve competitions in all the skills of a Maasai warrior – spear throwing, singing, stick throwing, jumping, and even football (soccer)! Awards and are given out to the Lion Guardians who have performed well in their different lion conservation and monitoring duties over the year. The Lion Guardians had so much fun at last year’s games, that they have been eagerly awaiting the rematch. Now that they are familiar with the format, they have spent the year practicing practicing practicing! So it is going to be great fun!!
So now we need your help! We need $1,000 to make the Lion Guardian Games happen. This will be spent on prizes, food, transport, and accommodation for 30 Guardians . Please help us by making a donation; our suggested donation is $50, but if you would prefer to make a donation of a different amount, please do!
We are delighted that Kate Nicholls has already donated $100, and started the climb up our Lion Guardian Games thermometer! Thank you so much!
Let’s try and spread the word about the Lion Guardians Games and Awards, and get to the top as soon as we can!